EDDIE BRACKEN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/12/1946 - HFSID 289161
EDDIE BRACKEN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Eddie Bracken's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Bracken, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Eddie Bracken's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Bracken, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Eddie Bracken", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 June 12. Eddie Bracken grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 to use his name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. A child performer in vaudeville, Eddie Bracken (1920-2002, born in Astoria, Queens) moved on to Broadway and then movies, typecast in comic roles as a bewildered bungler. His film career spanned more than half a century (1938-1994). His peak year was 1944, when he starred in Hail the Conquering Hero and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Three filing holes at left (worn). Paper clip indentation. Normal mailing folds. Pencil note (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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